USN Corpsman Bags
Posted 22 December 2006 - 12:21 PM
Posted 22 December 2006 - 12:31 PM
James Bradley, in his book, "Flags or our Fathers" tells the story of Japanese soldiers trained to spot "unit 3" bags so they could target Corpman and demoralized the Marines.
Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:44 PM
Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:08 PM
Webcat is the one that ID'ed the Knapsack type bag for me. It is marked 3 on the back. I never got the documentation from him before he fell ill. I will see if I can find more on it too. It may have been an attempt to confuse Japanese snipers that were looking for the other style bags.
Posted 22 December 2006 - 02:12 PM
I had guessed that the last bag was a radio bag too until Webcat ID'ed it. He had done lots of research on medical gear so I think he knew what he was talking about.
Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:49 AM
Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:56 AM
Both the large and small bags are known as the Case, Canvas, Carrying, 14-280. The 1939 Hospital Corps Handbook states the small bag is for each Hospital Corpsman and the large bag is for the Chief Pharmacist’s Mate. In 1939 the Navy was using the Army Medic Pouches too. It is believed that the large bag was used for only a short period of time and the small bag became the standard used by all rates.
The large and small bag exists with and without a Red Cross on the flap and the large bag exists with and without the belt loop on the back.
The bag is part of portable medical supply sets called units. For example Medical Unit 5A included 51 assorted items of which there was one empty 14-280 bag. The bag was also included in Units 5B, 6, 7 and others. The bags were empty in the Units and intended to be loaded with supplies as needed.
These bags were carried by Corpsman attached to Marine Units. It probably is correct to say they were used more in the early war years and as other bags became available they saw less use in the field.
14-450 Medical Pouch (Unit 3)
This pouch was part of Medical Units 1 through 4. It was empty and intended to be filled with supplies from the unit as needed. Carrying the supplies from the Medical Unit 3 was just one of the intended uses. It was probably called the Unit 3 Pouch because people associated it more with Corpsmen than other medical personnel.
Medical Unit 1 was for Medical Officers
Medical Unit 2 was for Dental Officers
Medical Unit 3 was for Hospital Corpsmen
Medical Unit 4 was for Dental Assistants
The pouch could be carried as a single unit with a shoulder strap or in pairs with the Medical Suspenders. These sets were issued to Naval Medical Personnel attached to Marine units beginning in 1942.
Unknown name or model number
This bag was developed late in the war. It is intended to carry the contents of both 14-450 Pouches. It is dived inside to separate components.
Other than these bags intended for medical supplies there were many other items used by Corpsmen to carry supplies. It may have been to conceal the fact they were Corpsmen from the enemy snipers, or personal preference or simply because it was what was available for use.
Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:30 AM
Posted 11 January 2007 - 07:15 AM
Posted 11 January 2007 - 07:29 AM
I have adapted a pair of repro Medic bag inserts, added snaps, and use these in my bags at the moment.
Posted 06 January 2008 - 03:49 AM
Posted 22 January 2008 - 01:58 PM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:48 AM
Posted 03 March 2008 - 05:55 AM
This one is marked 3-L on the rear
This one is marked 3-R on the rear
Posted 26 June 2008 - 05:55 PM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 05:58 PM
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